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“Peace out, man.” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a wrap.

The postseason continues to play out, but the final North Sound Conference regular-season title was decided last week, as softball came to a hotly-contested end.

When the dust had settled, and the last home run had cleared the fence, Granite Falls managed to blow what seemed like a pretty solid lead, with back-to-back losses throwing things asunder.

The Tigers ended up in a three-way tie with Coupeville and Cedar Park Christian, and, thanks to the magic of the tiebreaker, it’s your Wolves who will carry a #1 seed into the district playoffs.

That royal rumble goes down in Sedro-Woolley May 16 and 18, while back on Whidbey, CHS track hosts bi-districts the same days.

The other Wolves still fighting are Tia Wurzainer and Avalon Renninger, who finished second at the league tourney, and open bi-districts Tuesday. Win there and the duo return to the courts May 17.

While Coupeville baseball and boys soccer reached the end of their roads this past week, being bounced from bi-district and district tournaments, respectively, there is some consolation.

Mainly that South Whidbey also went down in both sports, falling shy of a state berth.

That had to particularly sting for the Falcon booters, who at 13-1, were shocked in back-to-back one-goal games by King’s and The Bush School.

But we’re not here to gloat at our closest rival’s misfortune (well, maybe a little bit…), but instead to close our weekly Sunday recaps of the league standings.

If you deeply care about the continued adventures of Cedar Park Christian baseball and King’s soccer, there are other media outlets sure to track their progress as they play at state.

With the remaining active Coupeville athletes, only softball will see its win/loss record change after this, and you can catch those developments in the coming game stories.

So, until fall sports arrive, a final look at league standings:

 

North Sound Conference softball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 9-3 12-7
CPC-Bothell 9-3 14-4
Granite Falls 9-3 12-7
South Whidbey 2-10 5-13
Sultan 1-11 1-14

 

North Sound Conference baseball:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 13-2 20-3
South Whidbey 12-3 18-5
King’s 10-5 12-11
Coupeville 7-8 7-14
Granite Falls 2-13 4-16
Sultan 1-14 1-19

 

North Sound Conference girls tennis:

School League Overall
King’s 7-1 8-1
South Whidbey 7-1 7-4
Granite Falls 4-4 5-10
Coupeville 2-6 2-7
Friday Harbor 0-8 0-8

 

North Sound Conference boys soccer:

School League Overall
South Whidbey 8-0 13-3
King’s 6-2 10-4-1
Coupeville 3-5 6-10
Sultan 3-5 4-11
CPC-Bothell 0-8 0-11

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Lucy Sandahl and Daniel Olson root for their softball-playing classmates. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Playoff fever rages across the land.

Four of five spring sports – baseball, boys soccer, girls tennis, and track – are actively involved in postseason action, while softball is the lone activity still wrapping up regular-season play.

For Coupeville, the season came to an end Saturday night for the diamond men and the booters, as both were knocked out of their respective playoff rumbles.

Track is off to districts at Lynden Christian this coming Thursday and Saturday, with bi-districts and state still to come.

Wolf tennis hits the district tourney Tuesday and Wednesday in Granite Falls, with two singles players and two doubles teams vying to advance to bi-districts.

And softball, coming off a huge week which included an upset of Granite Falls, wraps its regular season Tuesday at South Whidbey.

Win that one, and the Wolves clinch at least a share of the league title, then get some time to rest as their district tourney doesn’t go down until May 16 and 18.

As we juggle regular season and playoff activity, and try to figure out how the softball league title battle will be decided (more on that in a separate story later today), a look at league standings through May 5:

 

North Sound Conference softball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 8-3 11-7
Granite Falls 8-3 11-7
CPC-Bothell 7-3 12-4
South Whidbey 2-8 5-11
Sultan 1-9 1-12

 

North Sound Conference baseball:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 13-2 19-3
South Whidbey 12-3 18-4
King’s 10-5 12-10
Coupeville 7-8 7-14
Granite Falls 2-13 4-16
Sultan 1-14 1-19

 

North Sound Conference girls tennis:

School League Overall
King’s 7-1 8-1
South Whidbey 7-1 7-4
Granite Falls 4-4 5-10
Coupeville 2-6 2-7
Friday Harbor 0-8 0-8

 

North Sound Conference boys soccer:

School League Overall
South Whidbey 8-0 13-2
King’s 6-2 10-3-1
Coupeville 3-5 6-10
Sultan 3-5 4-11
CPC-Bothell 0-8 0-11

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Dakota Eck leads off a group of CHS soccer portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Eli Kastner

Andrew Aparicio

Zach Ginnings

Ben Smith

Aiden Burdge

Dawson Houston

No photo left behind.

The Coupeville High School boys soccer season ended Saturday night, after a three-game playoff run.

But before we can close that chapter, I have seven photos left from when John Fisken snapped preseason portraits that I have yet to use.

So here you go, a Sunday afternoon’s worth of glossy head shots for your perusal.

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Backup goalie Simon Socha held Meridian scoreless for all 40 minutes he played Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to save an injury-ravaged Coupeville soccer team in a loser-out playoff game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Those who were still left standing gave everything they had.

An injury-ravaged Coupeville High School boys soccer team finished its loser-out district playoff game Saturday night missing players who accounted for 31 of the 34 goals scored this season.

And yet, even playing with a shattered lineup, the Wolf booters stayed close with Meridian, the #1 seed from the Northwest Conference, before falling 3-1.

The loss, coming on the field at Whatcom Community College, drops Coupeville to 6-10 and ends its season.

In other playoff games Saturday, King’s shocked South Whidbey 3-2 in the district championship game, avenging two regular-season losses, while Mount Baker nipped Lynden Christian 2-1.

Those four teams, along with Meridian, advance to bi-districts, and King’s is already assured of a trip to state.

South Whidbey, which entered the night 13-1, with its only loss to 2A Burlington-Edison, now has to win back-to-back loser-out games or it will miss the big dance.

Thanks mainly to injuries, Coupeville entered play Saturday missing several starters and key reserves, including leading scorer Derek Leyva.

The team’s #2 scorer, Aram Leyva, and starting goaltender Dewitt Cole made it through the first half against Meridian, and then they too went to the bench for good.

Still, the Wolves battled back, with freshman Xavier Murdy banging home his first high school goal in the second half.

Backup goalie Simon Socha and his defense stood tall after the half, holding Meridian scoreless through the game’s final 40 minutes.

“We came back in the second half and had a real good half, beating them for the half,” said CHS coach Kyle Nelson. “Almost a good way to finish out the season.

“Better would have been a win, but a solid half against a very good team is great.”

The playoff loss marked the end of the road for Coupeville’s seniors, as Cole and defenders Teo Keilwitz and Uriah Kastner depart.

The Wolves can return all of their goal scorers from this season, though, as every score was knocked in by an underclassman.

 

Final scoring totals:

Derek Leyva – 14
Aram Leyva – 10
Sage Downes – 4
Chris Cernick – 2
James Wood – 2
Tony Garcia – 1
Xavier Murdy – 1

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After losing Wednesday in Lynden, James Wood and Coupeville soccer face a must-win game Saturday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s backs to the wall time.

Unable to hold a second-half lead Wednesday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad fell 3-2 at Lynden Christian in a district playoff game, and finds itself on the cusp of elimination.

The Wolves, now 6-9 on the season, face Meridian Saturday at Whatcom Community College in a make-or-break game.

The winner of the 7 PM clash finishes 5th at the district tourney and advances to bi-districts, while the loser is done for the season.

Meridian (9-7-2) is a familiar foe, and a higher-ranked one than Coupeville might have expected to play.

The Trojans, who beat the Wolves 4-0 in a non-conference game early in the season, is the #1 seed from the Northwest Conference, but was stunned 3-1 Wednesday by Mount Baker.

Lynden Christian and Baker play for 3rd and 4th place Saturday, while King’s and South Whidbey play for 1st and 2nd.

All four of those teams have clinched a trip to bi-districts.

Coupeville, which opened the playoffs with a forfeit win over Cedar Park Christian, played strongly Wednesday, jumping out to a 1-0 lead at the half thanks to a Derek Leyva score.

The opening goal came just a few minutes into the game, when the Wolf junior slipped a shot from distance through the fingers of the Lyncs goaltender.

Leyva then notched another goal 10 minutes into the second half, taking a through ball from Chris Cernick and doin’ what he does best – make the net sing.

The two-goal night gives Coupeville’s scoring ace 14 goals for the season, and 38 for his two-year career in the red and black.

Up 2-0, the Wolves were rockin’ and rollin’, until the refs got involved and sent the game careening in a different direction.

“Looked like we might just cruise to a nice victory at that point,” said CHS coach Kyle Nelson. “Then, things changed.”

Lynden cracked the seal on the net, scoring twice on corner kicks, before being awarded a questionable penalty kick to win the game.

“Sure looked to me to be a bit of a gift,” Nelson said. “The foul sure looked to occur outside of the penalty box.

“We pressed for our own equalizer, but came up just short.”

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